[Cdt-l] CC, Sam Hughes, & Trail Angels
Trekker4 at aol.com
Trekker4 at aol.com
Wed Mar 9 08:38:55 CST 2011
I personally drove 2 hikers, San Gabriel & Tika, from ADZ to CC in 2009. I
paid Sam to shuttle me to CC in 2010; his $90 is quite reasonable - six
hours of his time and a lot of wear & tear on any vehicle, not to mention the
cost of gasoline right now. I drive roads like that here in Big Bend TX,
and know what they do to a vehicle. Plus he'll help you with his water
caches, and yours.
When trying to hitch from I-10 south 20 mi to Hachita in 2010, it was
a holiday, and no cars passed in an hour; I called Sam, who drove another
40 miles round trip to bring me to Hachita, & on to CC, asking no extra $. I
gave him $110.
In one of my highly opinionated opinions, if you can't afford Sam, you
can't afford to be hiking. You'll be the one leaving few or no $ in Trail
Angels' tip jars. If you can't afford the Yogi-recommended $20 per night at
the Saufleys, the Schwarzers, Nita Larrondes, the Persons, the Heitmans,
the Dinsmores [to mention the "full service" places I can recall at the
moment], etc, etc, you can't afford to be hiking. I've seen many, many hikers
sponging off other hikers and angels; I've seen my $20 in the Dinsmores tip
box, but nothing else from 3 other hikers staying in their dorm, using their
shower & laundry, picking up resupply boxes there, and getting rides from
them. Come on folks! These people give and have given thousands of hours of
time and thousands of dollars to we hikers!
Bob "Trekker" Brewer
Big Bend Desert Denizen, and...
Naturalized Citizen - Republic of Texas
"Government cripples you, then hands you a crutch and says, 'See, if it
wasn't for us, you couldn't walk.' " -- Harry Browne
"If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it
costs when its free." -- P J O'Rourke
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